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RUN ACROSS AMERICA - 1978
Ran 3,452 miles from Medford, Oregon to Medford, Massachusetts in 80 consecutive days. This run ended in Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, to a standing ovation by 32,000 fans and realized thousands of dollars for the Jimmy Fund of Boston, a charity which supports research towards eliminating cancer in children.
GATORADE IRONMAN TRIATHLON - 1980, 1983-1989
Competed in 8 Gatorade Ironman Triathlons, the premier individual endurance event in the world. The Ironman consists of three back-to-back distance events: a 2.4-mile rough, open ocean water swim, followed by a 112-mile bike race and finally finishing up with a full 26.2-mile marathon run.
EAST COAST RUN - 1980
Ran 1,520 miles from Winter Haven, Florida to Boston, Massachusetts joined this time by Bob Hall, one of the pioneers of wheelchair marathoning. This run also raised thousands of dollars for the Jimmy Fund. Met with President Jimmy Carter at the White House during the trek through Washington, D.C.
WRENTHAM STATE SCHOOL 24-HOUR RUN - 1980
Designated as the "Run For Our Dreams Marathon", this run traversed 120 miles in 24 hours throughout 31 cities and communities within southeastern Massachusetts ending in Foxboro Stadium at half-time of the NE Patriots / Miami Dolphins game. Held to benefit the Wrentham State School for the Mentally Retarded, this particular run raised over $10,000 for the handicapped.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING RUN-UP - 1981
Invited to participate in the 4th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up. Course description: 86 stories, 1,575 steps, 1050 feet in elevation, 40" stair height. Finished in 10th place overall in a time of 13 minutes, 27 seconds.
NEW ENGLAND RUN - 1981
Triathloned (ran, cycled and swam) 1522 miles throughout the six New England States, again benefitting the Jimmy Fund and raising $55,000. Unusual segments included running up and down Mount Washington in New Hampshire, swimming 2-miles across Lake Winneapesaukee, swimming 1-mile from Woods Hole, MA towards Martha's Vineyard, MA and running 3-miles with inmates inside Walpole State Prison.
THE OCCLUDED RUN FOR THE BLIND - 1982
Ran the 1982 Boston Marathon in a time of 3:14 while completely blindfolded and while being escorted by two guides. Raising the public's conscience as to the plight of the blind, McGillivray raised over $10,000 for the Carroll Center for the Blind located in Newton, Massachusetts.
MARTHA'S VINEYARD SWIM - 1982
Officially completed his New England Run by swimming over 7-miles from Martha's Vineyard to Falmouth, MA, again raising more money for the Jimmy Fund of Boston. McGillivray was greeted by thousands on shore including some of the world's greatest runners like Alberto Salazar.
JIMMY FUND 24-HOUR SWIM - 1983
Swam for 24 consecutive hours in the Olympic size Medford High School pool, swimming a total of 1884 lengths and covering 26.27 miles (distance of the Boston Marathon), again raising money for the Jimmy Fund.
MERRIMACK COLLEGE NEW ENGLAND BIKE RIDE - 1983
Bicycled over 1,000 miles throughout six New England states in 14 days to raise money for a scholarship fund for alma mater Merrimack College.
JIMMY FUND 24-HOUR BIKE - 1986
Biked for 24 consecutive hours around a 5-mile loop course in Medford, MA while simultaneously directing the annual Bay State Triathlon which was being held on the same course at the same time. Covered a total of 385 miles, again raising money for the Jimmy Fund.
WALPOLE PRISON YARD MARATHON
Formed the first sanctioned running club inside a maximum security institution at Walpole State Prison. Conducted and ran in numerous distance races inside the prison yard, including completing and winning a full 26.2 mile marathon against inmates.
ANNUAL BIRTHDAY RUN - 1996 TO PRESENT
Annually and on his birthday (August 22) runs the equivalent number of miles as his age. Has not missed a birthday since the age of 12.
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